Roussillon, Provence, France

Roussillon is a beautiful gem of a village located in the Luberon area of Provence, in southwest France. The village is blanketed in the ubiquitous ocher, a natural pigment found in the area, and is one of the largest deposits of the mineral in the world. Ocher was mined here for many years, and is…

A Day at the Palace of Versailles

A visit to Chateau de Versailles makes for a delightful day trip from Paris. The Chateau is huge, so plan to spend much of the day there. We first visited years ago when our daughter was in junior high school; she had been studying Versailles in her history class and knew much about the palace…

Lyon, France

Lyon is known as France’s second city, but for so many reasons, I believe it is a far superior destination than France’s capital city. Wandering through the tree-lined streets, visiting the beautiful cathedrals, sitting in an outdoor cafe with a coffee or a glass of wine, and strolling through the market stalls along the river,…

A Week in Provence

This week I will continue revisiting the five week European holiday that my husband and I took in October, 2017. A week in Provence with our dear friends was another highlight of our trip. Our time there was absolutely heavenly; the weather was perfect, high 70s and sunny, the pace was slow and relaxing, and…

From Bath, UK to Robion, France

It has been a nice trip down memory lane to revisit the five week European holiday my husband and I took in the fall of 2017. Many of my blog posts have been about our time there, including our first stop, Loch Ness. We wanted to get acclimated to the time difference before heading to…

Moustiers-Saint-Marie

Moustiers-Saint-Marie, also referred to as Moustiers, has the distinction of being one of the most beautiful villages in France. Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is an independent association founded in the early 1980s to promote tourism in rural France. They determined the 100 most beautiful villages in France, and Moustiers, located in southeastern France,…

The Beautiful City of Nice, France

Nice is a beautiful city that is situated on the French Riviera and was founded in the 4th century BC by the Greeks. It was named after Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory. The Italians changed the name to Nizza during their occupation of the city. In 1860, the name was changed back to Nice…

Notre-Dame de Paris

Like many others, I was deeply grieved to hear the news of the fire earlier this week that ruined much of the beloved cathedral, Notre-Dame de Paris. I am at a loss of words to describe the horror I felt when watching the images of the fire, and to see the magnificent spire come tumbling…

Eze and the Cote d’Azur

The little village of Eze had been on my bucket list for many years, so I was thrilled when the opportunity to visit it finally came up. Eze is a charming village situated on the hilltop far above the Mediterranean Sea that has spectacular views on a clear day. Eze is about a 20 –…